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How the Donation Process Works.

Your commitment to donation will not interfere with your medical care. Organ and tissue donation becomes an option only after all lifesaving efforts have been made and death has been declared by a physician unrelated to the recovery and transplantation process. An organ procurement organization confirms authorization for donation and asks families to participate in the process by providing your loved one’s medical/social history. Surgical procedures are used to recover donated organs and tissue.

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Who Receives Donated Organs and Tissue.

Organs are placed with waiting recipients based on objective information, including location, blood type, body size and tissue type matching through a national computer network operated by the United Network for Organ Sharing. Wealth, citizenship and celebrity status have no bearing on who receives organ transplants.

Tissue is distributed based on patient need, availability and medical criteria.

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People of all ages and medical histories can be potential donors.

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